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Theatre News: Angela Lansbury, Broadway Flea Market, Street Closures, Little Shop Of Horrors and The Great Society

Theatre News: Angela Lansbury, Broadway Flea Market, Street Closures, Little Shop Of Horrors and The Great Society

Angela Lansbury is return to the stage as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest benefit for Roundabout Theatre Company. Lansbury will portray the wise, prickly Lady Bracknell, set to take place on November 18 at 7:30pm at the American Airlines Theatre. Michael Wilson will direct.

Save the date for the 33rd Broadway Flea Market. Kathleen Chalfant, Gavin Creel, Jason Danieley, Paige Davis, Ariana DeBose, Raúl Esparza, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Caitlin Kinnunen, Telly Leung, Bebe Neuwirth, Christopher Sieber, Ethan Slater, Brandon Uranowitz, and Julie White are all set for the event held in Shubert Alley.

Expect delays today September 14th from 8 am to 8 pm on 8th Avenue from West 42nd Street to West 55th Street. The 8th Avenue street fair brings the crowds.

On Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 1am until 11am West 43rd Street from Broadway to 6th Avenue will he closed for a Crane Operation.

Producers of the Off-Broadway return of Little Shop Of Horrors are excited to announce that the show will offer an in-person ticket lottery for every performance. Two hours prior to curtain, names will be collected at the Westside Theatre box office (407 W. 43rd St, NYC), and winners will be drawn ninety minutes before the show begins. Lottery tickets are $29 each, and each winner can purchase up to two tickets (cash only, photo ID required). The lottery will launch on Tuesday, September 17, the evening of the show’s first preview.

Due to unprecedented demand, the show is also instituting a new, general ticket policy wherein each purchase will be limited to four tickets maximum. “In the equal-opportunity spirit of Audrey II, who indiscriminately devours her prey, we decided to opt for a lottery rather than a rush, so the late-risers of Skid Row have just as much of a shot at seats,” said producers Tom Kirdahy, Robert Ahrens, and Hunter Arnold in a joint statement. “And so that as many people as possible can behold Audrey II in all her glory, we’re now limiting ticket purchases to four per person.”

Howard Ashman & Alan Menken’s landmark musical returns to New York under the direction of Tony Award winnerMichael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Spring Awakening), with preview performances beginning Tuesday, September 17, ahead of an official opening night on Thursday, October 17, 2019. Tickets are now on sale throughSunday, January 19, 2020.  The production stars two-time Tony nominee Jonathan Groff (“Seymour”), Emmy Award winner Tammy Blanchard (“Audrey”) and two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle (“Orin Scrivello, D.D.S.”) alongside Tom Alan Robbins (Mushnik”), Kingsley Leggs (The Voice of Audrey II”), Ari Groover (“Ronnette”), Salome Smith (“Crystal”), Joy Woods (“Chiffon”) Eric Wright, Teddy Yudain, Kris Roberts, Chelsea Turbin, Chris Dwan, andStephen Berger.

Tony Award nominee Gideon Glick (To Kill A Mockingbird, Significant Other) will join the cast of the production as “Seymour” for two weeks only, from Tuesday, November 5 through Sunday, November 17, while Jonathan Groff is on a scheduled leave from the production.

The Great Society has partnered with TodayTix to offer $35 mobile rush tickets beginning at 9am each performance day. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis exclusively through the TodayTix app.

The Great Society is currently in preview performances and will officially open on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65th St). This is a 12-week limited engagement.

Capturing Johnson’s attempts to build a just society for all, The Great Society follows his triumph in a landslide election to the agonizing decision not to run for re-election just three years later. It was an era that would define history forever: the rise of the Civil Rights Movement, the deaths of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the escalation of the Vietnam War, and the creation of some of the greatest social programs America has ever known—and one man was at the center of it all: LBJ.

Tony Award & Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan returns to Broadway with the second of his two exhilarating dramas celebrating Lyndon B. Johnson’s legacy: The Great Society. This new play is the companion piece to Schenkkan’s Tony Award winning All The Way, depicting the tumultuous times that led to the conclusion of the Johnson presidency in 1968.

Director Bill Rauch (All The Way) reunites with Schenkkan after directing the premiere of The Great Society atOregon Shakespeare Festival in 2014 and Seattle Rep in 2015.

Leading the 19-member ensemble cast are Brian Cox as Lyndon B. Johnson, Grantham Coleman making his Broadway debut as Martin Luther King Jr., Marc Kudisch as Richard J. Daley,  Bryce Pinkham as Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Frank Wood as Senator Everett Dirksen, Gordon Clapp as J. Edgar Hoover, and Richard Thomas as Hubert Humphrey. They are joined by Marchánt Davis as Stokely Carmichael, Brian Dykstra as Adam Walinsky,Barbara Garrick as Ladybird Johnson, David Garrison as Richard Nixon; Ty Jones as Reverend Ralph Abernathy,Christopher Livingston as James Bevel, Angela Pierce as Pat Nixon, Matthew Rauch as Robert McNamara, Nikkole Salter as Coretta Scott King, Tramell Tillman as Bob Moses, and Ted Deasy & Robyn Kerr as Ensemble.

The cast of this striking theatrical event features a company of actors portraying more than fifty characters in two-dozen locations, including other such figures as Jimmie Lee Jackson, Reverend Dobynes, Hosea Williams, Marquette Fry,Governor George Wallace, Sherriff Jim Clark, Norman Morrison, General William Westmoreland, Seymore Trammell, Stanley Levison and Sally Childress.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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